Sometimes I feel like my move to France took me back a generation, which isn’t bad for all things. For instance, in my part of Montmartre there’s a neighborhood theater. It’s called the Studio 28, because it opened in 1928. February 10, to be exact. That makes it one of the first movie theaters in Paris, and the first "art movie" theater... and the longest lasting, having been in operation continuously.
|Full house for The Artist|
Both brothers are now deceased, as is one of the wives. The only one that’s left still mans the ticket booth on some days (although the young lady today said she would retire soon). She doesn’t remember me, but I recognize her. She’s not the touchy-feely type, so I never tell her about my memories of those days, but I’m appreciative. It helped my children have the kind of independent childhood that has become pretty much a thing of the past. It was part of their becoming titis montmartrois, children of the Butte, roaming freely as so many generations before them had done.
But I digress.
|One of Cocteau's two magic lamps|
|Footprint of Jeanne Moreau|
In short, it’s a part of your family, especially if you like movies. A piece of yesterday still standing today but resolutely looking to the future with a young staff and the latest technology. The Studio 28 has stood in Montmartre since 1928, in spite of the odds, and it will probably be there for many years to come.
Which is a good thing.
10, rue Tholozé
75018 - Paris
Métro: Blanche or Abbesses
They also have a Facebook page: Cinema Studio 28
Tickets (2012) are 8.50€.
Seniors, students and the unemployed pay only 7€,
children even less at 6€.
Or you can buy a card good for 5 shows over a 4-month period for only 30€
*"Je suis comme un épicier de quartier
qui doit résister l’arrivée des supermarchés, (...)
Si je n’étais pas propriétaire des murs,
aujourd’hui, la salle serait fermée."